North Central Library District. Melissa Rowse firstname.lastname@example.org (570) 326-0536. Libraries Then Quiet Books Information. Libraries Now Loud Circulate everything Collaboration, Interaction Technology Focus. Problem: Lack of Basic Literacy.
13% of Pennsylvanians lack basic reading skills to read a newspaper.
85% of all juveniles interfacing with the court system are functionally illiterate.
More than 75% of jobs in PA demand education beyond high school. Yet, nearly 17,000 PA youth (16-24) dropped out last year!
PA is ranked 29th in the nation for high-speed internet connection(60%).
Nearly 75% of job seekers now use the internet to seek employment – in part because it is the only way to apply.
22% of all students believe 80-100% of what they read and see on the internet is true.
Only 42% of the state’s registered voters voted in 2010 gubernatorial election.
Less than 50% of Americans can name all 3 branches of government.
Only 24% of college graduates and 27% of all Americans know the First Amendment prohibits establishing of an official religion.
46% of American adults have difficulty understanding their prescription medicine label.
Nothing - not age, income, employment status, education level, or racial or ethnic background - affects health status more than literacy skills.
Only 1 in 5 links on search engines lead to relevant health information.
41% of adults give themselves a grade of a C, D, or F on their personal knowledge of finance.
1 in 4 adults does not pay bills on time. 1 in 3 has no savings for retirement or other future needs.
Demand for highly skilled, educated workforce has never been greater. 38% of adults said their reading level limited their job prospects.
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